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My Friends, I bid You Adieu.  It’s well beyond my Bedtime.

November 2016
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While hunting up north (“up north” is a term used in Michigan when we break from the lower quarter of the State to get away to the expansive, quiet north) over the weekend I had some time to think, especially on Saturday…

I was sitting in my blind waiting for a deer to mosey by and my mind started wandering to an honest assessment of where my life is at.  This often happens near every one of my sober anniversaries and this next one hits at the end of the week, number twenty-four.  During that assessment period I started thinking about some things I could be just a little better at…  Having laughs with my wife, about how I treat her, being a little more frugal, and then there’s some room for improvement in the effort I put into my work…  It’s not that I’m falling short on any of these issues, I honestly think I’m putting in a good effort.  The rub is that I know I can do better.

Then there was yesterday… Sunday was the first day in almost 20 years where I didn’t worry about having my phone on me at all times.  In fact, twice I left it back at the camp without thinking about it while my friend and I were out traipsing about the woods.  My job is mostly to blame for this but the blog has something to do with it as well.  To tell the truth, it was really nice to not care for once – and that’s where Saturday and Sunday came together for me.

On arriving home yesterday afternoon I talked to my wife about everything that I’d come up with while I was up hunting – after dealing with a few kid-related fires that needed to be put out.  At first she played devil’s advocate to make sure I was serious about letting the blog go and once I explained everything in detail, she warmed to the idea that I might be more attentive, or perhaps less consumed would be a good way to put it…

So, I’ve made a commitment to let the blog go for the next year’s worth of 24-hours and see where things shake out.  I’ll be deleting the app from my phone once the fervor from this post dies down.  While this may be so long, it won’t be “I’m outta here for good”.  I’m going to dabble with the blog from time to time and I’ll start looking into that book so many have been pushing me to put together (though I have ego issues with that idea – truth be told, I’m not all that important… even to myself.  That creates a bit of a conundrum when looking at writing a book – or even putting one together from the posts I’ve written – about oneself).

Finally, to Shay-lon and the deutscherwanderwolf, thank you for the blog awards, they’re greatly appreciated.  Second, to my friend’s Sue, the Tempo Cyclist, the Ragtime Cyclist, Dan, Titanium Henry, Elisa, Andy, Gail, Sara, definitely the Unironedman, Andy, MJ, Wayne, Stefan, Paige, Sandra… and somebody shoot me for being stupid enough to start naming names because I’ve failed to include a couple of dozen of the bloggers I should have – actually, no.  Don’t shoot me.  Scold me or something, but don’t shoot me.  Anyway, to all of my friends, I hope to see you around.  If not, good luck and Godspeed my friends.

God only knows what’s in store for me.  And I’m okay with that.

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54 Comments

  1. fitnessgrad says:

    Did I read this correctly? Or is this a early April Fool’s joke?
    Jim are you leaving for 24 hours or a whole year? What in the hell is going on!?! i am going to wake up from this nightmare now, okay 🙂 everything will be better in couple of minutes, LOL. This isn’t really what is going to happen..
    Everyone calm down Jim is not leaving the blogosphere!.. False alarm! .. wait he really is and I am hoping all of us followers can come together and con you into staying for a bit longer! lol.

  2. Gail says:

    Dang…and I was hoping for an election post on Wednesday or Thursday….this Canadian is disappointed, but I’ll get over it. I’m going to miss your posts. I wish it wasn’t all or nothing with you. In a perfect world you’d still be posting once a week or maybe once a month…but I get it. When you do something, you DO IT! I actually admire that.

  3. So... says:

    May you find what you seek… will miss your blog though.
    In fellowship

  4. Sue Slaght says:

    Jim although I will admit a tug on my heart strings I applaud you for making the decision. As you know I have often commented on how I had no idea how you could maintain the blogging pace you have. I have gone to posting once a week in the hopes of finding a better life balance.
    I shall miss seeing you here and certainly hope our paths will cross at some point on a cycling trail. I have greatly appreciated your honesty and candor.
    Enjoy your family and soak up every minute of the time with your kids. It flies by in an instant.
    All the very best,
    Sue

  5. mmpalepale says:

    In Alaska, we call the rest of you guys “the lower 48”. 😉

  6. Kecia says:

    While I’ll miss your posts, I completely understand the importance of “letting things go” to find that balance for you and your life! Always remember to have fun and smile! It makes life so much more enjoyable 🙂

  7. So long Jim. I’ll miss your voice. In this small corner of England, in fact in my very small corner of the t’internet, I don’t know another voice like yours. Thank you, sincerely, for all your support and all the best to you.

  8. OmniRunner says:

    You write a lot all the time. I can only imagine how much time you put into this. Hope to see you posting once in a while. It’s been fun.
    Andy

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks Andy. I’m going go commit to a year off to provide some separation and see how it goes… of course, I’m not a politician so I reserve the right to flip flop. 😎

      • MJ Ray says:

        Yeah, good luck with the time off but please let us know if something notable happens.

        I think I’ve gone through a similar cycle – I posted a few times a week until something happened and it’s gradually tailed off since then, with a big gap starting a year or so ago. The rise of private social networks and the way they try to get you to spend more and more time with them is part of it, sure, but there’s a lot more going on since I moved back east.

        I’ve deleted all but two of the social network apps from my phone (either they have a mobile website or they’re not getting used any more – I don’t need my phone buzzing at me so much) and I’ve restarted posting occasional updates again to three different blogs (split by topic) because stuff I put on other people’s websites seems to bitrot and vanish eventually. Even so, I’m trying to keep it to notable events and not make it a braindump. No one else should have to suffer my internal monologue!

        Anyway – keep rolling and read you next year if nothing huge happens.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Thanks, brother. I killed all but the absolutely necessary on my phone too (I’ve never gotten into the social media other than this blog). It’s funny, as a young man it was cool to have all of that crap at my fingertips… as I’ve matured I’ve often thought of going back to a flip-phone with actual buttons on it. Chuckle.

  9. Hey man, just wanted to say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your stuff for the relatively short time I’ve been following your blog, and I’ll definitely miss it. Thanks so much for the likes and comments you’ve left on my posts – it has been super encouraging. Glad to see you’re putting your family first – all the best to you!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks, man. If you decide you want to get into cycling, drop me a line on the blog and I’ll get back with you. The offer I made doesn’t have an expiration date. And the feeling is mutual. Thank you.

  10. rennrad says:

    hey! given you really enjoy writing, i tend to believe you will kind of suffer from withdrawal. interesting is that i understand you, because a long ago i made a decision similar to yours – when i found out i was spending way too much time on facebook, and reminded me that i had already gone into that, during the golden years of livejournal. my decision can be understood as a shift: the internet has to gravitate towards me, and not the other way around. (and now you get why i don’t post much…)

    well… cya around, man! and as i heard somewhere: shining up, rubber down! 😉

  11. wanderwolf says:

    God knows… and I have faith that it’s something good. You’ve done great things with this blog… it’s okay to move on or just take this break.
    I’ve stepped away from things like this before, and while it took a while (daily or weekly interaction for a few years and then suddenly none takes some getting used to), I never regretted my decisions.
    You do your thing! Should you come back, I’ll keep reading. 🙂

  12. Thanks for the mention. Totally understand. I’m in awe of how much great content you’ve managed to post so regularly! Puts me to shame. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your posts, cycling related or not. Enjoy your break from the blog and I’m sure you’ll return with posts showing your improvement on the bike. You’re a machine! Live life, ride hard, be happy!

  13. Sheree says:

    Blogging can be all consuming. I let mine fall when I started writing for VeloVoices and now I only write when I get the urge. Much better than feeling pressured to daily pound the keys! Make the most of the break.

  14. unironedman says:

    Honest to the core, and that’s why you have such a cohort of faithful followers. I know I’ve really appreciated the posts, and I’m a latecomer to the party. The blog was always a constant reminder that if I’m daft enough to NOT be out on the bike, then there was probably something I should be doing to keep ‘er clean and running smooth. Applaud the decision, which I’m sure won’t have been taken lightly. If we were all as honest as you, Jim, we might also admit there were times when the ones that matter most are not those at the end of a blog post, but in the other room, waiting for us to stop tapping away on the keyboard. I’ll miss the regular feed, and your posts will be of great help and inspiration to noobs like me all over the globe. Enjoy not having to keep putting change in the meter. No doubt we’ll still be here if you come back. Hopefully that will be with a book in one hand, and an armful of T-shirts in the other!
    Everything in life goes in cycles 😉
    Go n-éirí an bóthar leat.

  15. Spencer says:

    Hey Jim, just wanted to say thank you for all of the time and effort you have put into this blog over the years! I started following you mid 2014 after sobering up and starting to take cycling somewhat seriously. I still can’t remember how I found your blog, truly believe it was one of those “it was meant to happen” instances. Since then your blog has been one of my top sites and is more often than not the first thing I click on when I open my laptop. Your insight into sobriety is very easy to digest and process for me, and your tips on cycling have been priceless. Thank you for helping me grow by leaps and bounds in both of these areas of my life! Get out there and do your thing Brother – we’ll be here if the path leads you back.

  16. I think it’s a good decision, Carbon Daddy, and one you won’t regret. I encourage you to write when you need to write, just because I sense that part of the writing process helps you sort through the rush of thoughts in your mind, gives you an outlet. I think that it is great that your wife supports whatever decision you make. 🙂

    If you end up in the Chicago area any time, ride.bianchi1@gmail.com is my email.

    Thanks for your encouragement to me. It has always been appreciated.

  17. Dan says:

    I’ve toyed with this same idea, but for different reasons. I’ve wondered a few times how you’ve had time to work with how prolific your writing has been. 😉 I know I’ll miss you a lot! I’m knowledgeable about bikes but you’re the master! Now your therapy will be wife, daughters and riding, in that order. Such mixed feelings my friend. If I get to your part of Michigan with my new Pinarello, I’ll see if I can smoke you! (naw, that won’t happen….well riding with you for a mile or so before you smoke me, but well tide!)

    • bgddyjim says:

      First, if you ever make it out this way, definitely look me up – we can ride with my friends and you can try to take me on a few sprints for town signs, I’ll even let you know when the good ones are coming. Second, believe it or not, I don’t put all that much time into writing, or didn’t. I could crank out a post in a half-hour or maybe an hour for a decently long post. It just came natural to me and flowed out. I’ve done 1,000 word posts in 15 minutes. The problem came with everything else… Reading other’s posts, responding to comments, etc. That took up A LOT of time. I’ll still read posts but I’ll be a lot more picky about what I take the time to read. I’ll definitely be around when it comes to your blog… and I can’t wait to see that Pinarello!

      • Dan says:

        For now I’m staying away from shops that have those types of bikes, Pins or others. We’re in debt pay down mode and my wonderful Waterford is paid for. It’s a fantastic bike too. I’ll still ride with you any day of the week.

      • bgddyjim says:

        I don’t blame you…. we financed our tandem but I plunked cash down for the Venge and my wife’s Alias. I won’t finance another. It’s either cash or I don’t need it….

        And that last part sounds great. I might even bring the Trek to make it a fair fight. Don’t wanna bring a cruise missile to a bike ride. 😎

  18. saoirsek says:

    Hey, I came to this blog via my other half unironedman. As a triathlon newbie and a friend of Bills it showed me how the program works in a really practical way.When my swimming coach critised my stroke I was able to curse her and then do a step 4!!! I wish you and your family the very best and thank you for the wonderful words S.

  19. shouldering says:

    All the best Jim. Thanks for the words of wisdom, they’ve touched a lot of people including me and that is surely a good thing. I hope that you and the family remain well.
    Ride hard my man.

  20. Mark says:

    Wow I finally have time to catch up on your blog and get back to writing mine and you are gone. However I totally agree with what you are saying. You do crank out the informative and funny posts regularly. I have been amazed. However the reading of other posts and comments do take a toll. Sadly I was not able to leave my blog in such an organized fashion so I applaud you for that. I hope you can take time to read as I summarize the last 10 months on the blog including a change in latitude, longitude and elevation. Well be blessed, ride hard and don’t feel rushed. You will be miss but not replaced.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks Mark. I’ll be checking your posts out from time to time, though I may miss one here or there. I’m not going to be as diligent fot a while… I also have one last post coming out on Friday.

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